Horizon 2020
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation


Graphene Flagship researchers have developed an optical fibre laser that emits pulses with durations equivalent to just a few wavelengths of the light used. This fastest ever laser based on graphene will be ideal for use in ultrafast spectroscopy, and in surgical lasers that avoid heat damage to living tissue. Read more
Noise from aircraft raises stress to unhealthy levels and reduces quality of life for those living and working near airports. An EU-funded project has developed promising technologies that together could cut aircraft noise by 2.3 decibels – building on industry’s efforts to provide relief for those living near airports. Read more
Earth monitoring – observing land, security and climate change from space – can help countries protect resources and improve lives. But the technology is no use without human capacity. So that capacity-building in Africa targets the continent’s priorities, an EU-funded project brought together African and European specialists to build networks and make key investment decisions. Read more
If there’s one thing North Africa has in abundance, it is sun – and with it, the potential for cheap, plentiful solar power. An EU-funded project is adapting solar technology to the region’s environment and infrastructure, while building local research capacity in the field. Read more
Plants are increasingly traded across borders. But they don’t travel alone – tiny pests can travel with them, some of these are damaging for local crops and other plants. An EU-funded project has made it easier for plant protection agencies to identify pests, stop them spreading and support safer trade. Read more
The ability to observe very high energy gamma radiation has opened a new window on the universe, and researchers around the world are keen to seize the new opportunities it offers. As part of an EU-funded project, they have created an international alliance to move beyond current experimental instruments towards a major telescope array for this new type of observation. Read more
Research infrastructures provide the tools scientists need to understand the world and, in some cases, make it a better place. But these resources – from telescopes to biobanks, and from museum archives to wave energy test sites – cost more than most countries can afford. The EU-funded PAERIP project has started the ball rolling for new partnerships to share resources between Europe and Africa Read more
The European Commission is organising a Stakeholder Partnership event on 20 October 2015 to facilitate networking, information exchange and cross-border partnerships of actors interested in addressing urban challenges through innovating with nature or by making innovative use of cultural heritage assets for regenerating cities. Read more
With cures increasingly available for infectious diseases that hit the world’s poorest regions, doctors need low-cost diagnostic tests to use these new treatments. An EU-funded project helps identify these diseases from early symptoms, saving lives and cutting healthcare costs. Read more
A large number of small communities and towns in Africa suffer from a lack of access to clean water and adequate sanitation – a major health risk. To help, an EU-funded project has developed a planning tool they can use to decide on the most appropriate solutions. Read more